Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares sustained a knee harm along with a concussion on Thursday. The ahead will want a minimal of two weeks to recuperate from the knee ailment as well as his concussion analysis.
“I believe the knee harm you can provide a timeline on however the head harm and concussion could be very tough to position a timeline (on),” Dubas mentioned. “We deal with these in a really conservative nature and deal with them very sensitively.”
Tavares was on the receiving finish of a knee to the pinnacle from Montreal Canadiens ahead Corey Perry as he fell awkwardly when hit by defenseman Ben Chiarot throughout Toronto’s 2-1 loss in Sport 1 of their playoff collection.
Dubas mentioned that Tavares obtained a CT scan and an MRI at St. Michael’s Hospital and was cleared of all structural harm to the pinnacle, neck and backbone.
The GM talked concerning the incident over Zoom on Saturday. He took exception with the Toronto Solar’s selection of picture and caption on the entrance cowl of Friday’s newspaper.
“We felt the quilt of their newspaper crossed the road,” Dubas mentioned. “We discovered the quilt to be disgusting.”
Dubas acknowledged that the writers and columnists of the papers don’t have any enter on what goes on the entrance cowl.
“However we simply thought it was terribly insensitive on the a part of the The Solar as regards to the picture and caption that accompanied the scenario,” Dubas mentioned.
With Tavares out for at the very least the primary spherical, the Leafs have modified their focus to creating changes for Sport 2.
Toronto forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre Engvall will make their collection debut on Saturday.
Nick Foligno will function the second-line centre to start out in Tavares’ absence.
“I used to be saying yesterday I don’t really feel like now we have an abundance of choice actually on the center-ice place osin explicit,” Keefe mentioned. “So now we have to watch that, however I just like the seems of it, the strains right here at the moment,”
Foligno may have Galchenyuk and William Nylander on his wings. Pierre Engvall is available in as Riley Nash will sit as a well being scratch.”
“He missed Sport 1 of our collection (final yr) with Columbus (Blue Jackets) as effectively after which got here into Sport 2 and I believed made an unbelievable influence,” Keefe mentioned of Engvall.
Jack Campbell return in aim for Toronto after sitting out of Friday’s follow for upkeep.
The Canadiens may also make modifications. Jesperi Kotkaniemi will make his collection debut rather than Jake Evans who was injured in Sport 1.